Wellington sports news

This Saturday 13s and 17s verse Mudgee at Montefiores and the Red Boars play Mudgee in Parkes.

This Saturday 13s and 17s verse Mudgee at Montefiores and the Red Boars play Mudgee in Parkes.

Junior Rugby

The big news was in senior football this week when our big boys bused it to Molong to play for a spot in the grand final against Geurie next weekend, and play they did.

Our boys put in an exceptional performance to come away with a 21 to seven victory which will see them head to Geurie on Saturday for what should be one of the biggest Grand Final days in recent memory.

Go the Redbacks.

Our 13s and 17s travelled to Forbes on Saturday while the 15s had a bye.

The 13s probably started short favourites in their match but with a couple of key players missing found the going a bit tough.

Forbes are below Wellington on the table but turned in a very stoic perfomance on their home turf.

A couple of early tries had the Redbacks rattled and they could not recompose themselves enough to get back in the game.

It was a very sombre mood in the dressing sheds after the game, the pain of a loss for a side that has got used to winning does not ease to soon but it is a pain that is better felt now then it would be in the finals.

Final Score Forbes 36 Wellington 12

Our under 17s although not winners  put in a sensational performance considering they only had one reserve which meant our big guys had to churn out a lot of minutes which they did in fine style.

Forbes put a couple of tries on in the first half without reply from the Redbacks which gave them a 12 nil lead at the break. Wellington started to find a bit more belief in the second half and at times looked like they might turn the game but fatigue was setting in and it was to much to overcome.

The Magician Allan Riley scored a brilliant solo try late in the game to give the score a fairer indication of the quality of the game.

As i indicated all of the boys were brilliant but Nick Gluth and Kyle Forgione deserve special mention for their exceptional efforts. Final Score Forbes 17 Wellington seven.

This Saturday 13s and 17s verse Mudgee at Montefiores and the Red Boars play Mudgee in Parkes.

-by Kenny’s Excited


his past weekend was meant to see the two women's team playing in Dubbo and the two men's playing in Wellington. However, the Wildcat girls did not have to take to the field to win there game as the opponents forfeited the game.

The Warrior girls took on the undefeated RSL in what was always going to be a very tough game and things only got harder five minutes in as RSL caught the girls napping to take an early lead.

However, the early goal saw the Wellington girls spring into life and led by their evergreen goalie Kayla Veech, the Wellington girls put on a clinical defensive effort to see the score remain 1-0 at the break.

For the first 15 minutes of the second half the girls continued to work stoically together in defence, but RSL have not got to the top of the table by being denied and over the next 30 minutes as the Wellington girls began to tire the RSL team began to break down the Wellington wall and eventually they were able to run out six nil winners.

This week's player of the match was Kayla Veech.

The men welcomed Macquarie who sit atop the table in both grades. The 2nd grade boys took to the field first looking to get a sneaky win over the top dogs.

Unfortunately, for the Wellington boys the game didn't start well as a communication mixed up saw Macquarie take the lead.

From the early lead Macquarie grew in strength and were able to score four first half goals whilst Wellington almost clawed one back but Josh Pearce saw his shot just glide over the bar.

The second half saw some changes in personnel and as such, regardless of the final result the game became the Pender show, as Sean in his final ever game, playing for the first time with his two sons was able to be smiled upon by the football gods as first his son Luke put Sean through a gap to score in his final game and then moments later. 

Luke repeated the scenario except this time it was Michael running through to score a goal, unfortunately Luke was unable to get on the score board and there was no win for Wellington but it will certainly be a game that none of the Pender boys will ever forget.

In the end the final score was 7-2 to Macquarie. Man of the match went to the retiring Sean Pender.

It was now first grades time to take to the field and much like the Women they conceded an early goal which seemed to fire the boys up as they went on the attack and over the next 30 minutes they created several excellent opportunities.

However, the boys were unable to capitalise on their chances. Whilst at the other end Macquarie were as they took a 2 nil lead into the break.

After the break the game continued to ebb and flow but the same story continued as Wellington continued to be wasteful whilst Macquarie were clinical. 

They took a three nil lead moments before the game took a nasty turn as Ben Turner was wrestling for the ball, both players fell to the ground and as Ben stood up the Macquarie player lashed out with his leg and in the process striking Ben.

The referee had no choice but to issue a straight red.

As the game entered into its final throes both teams created chances, but it was a good day for Macquarie as they ran out five nil winners in the end.

Man of the match went to Josh Pearce.

-by Kyle Nonnenmacher

Delightful Darts

Wellington Darts played Round 3 of it's Winter competition last Monday night at the Wellington Soldiers Memorial Club.

Allan Brown is keeping a tight hold on the belt with Tracey Reid trying her best but just coming up short.

The Odd One's Out who have drawn there first two match's were taking on the Soldiers team who wanted a win bad. The final result was a draw, three legs each. Doubles results, Mark Phillips-Richard Kent defeated Cindy Croker-Robert Driscoll and Vicki Button-Teena Hill lost to Helen Jeff's-Christian Bramford. Singles results, Vicki Button lost to Helen Jeff's, Mark Phillips defeated Christian Bramford, Richard Kent defeated Ken(KFC)Fairley, Cindy Croker lost to Teena Hill.

Sharks kept on there winning ways again by cleaning up Were Here who gave it there all, but fell short badly by five legs to one.

Doubles results, Jason Robbins-Zac West defeated Scott Reid-Peter Baker and Alf Wilson-Garth Watts lost to Tracey Reid-Carolyn Stace. Singles results, Zac West defeated Scott Reid, Jason Robbins defeated Peter Baker, Allan Brown defeated Tracey Reid, Alf Wilson defeated Carolyn Stace.

The BDDP and Him'N'Hers came into the match one player short each which made for an interesting nights darts, the final result saw BDDP win by three legs to two.

Doubles results Kevin Baker-Doreen Saunders defeated Jason Cornish and David Wilson lost to Wendy Wilson-Hayley Watts. Singles results, Kevin Baker defeated Wendy Wilson, David Wilson defeated Hayley Watts, Doreen Saunders lost to Jason Cornish.

High scores were, Jason Robbins 140, 116, 100, Zac West 140, 100, Kevin Baker 125, 3x100, Scott Reid 125, 2x100, David Wilson 121,100, Teena Hill 119, 100, Robert Driscoll 119, Peter Baker 116, Alf Wilson 3x100, Jason Cornish 2x100, Christian Bramford 2x100, Allan Brown 100, Helen Jeff's 100, Ken(KFC)Fairley 100, Richard Kent 100.

Draw for Round 4 see's Him'N'Hers take on Were Here, Odd One's Out take on Sharks, Soldiers take on BDDP with there new Captain starting.

Points table after Round 3 see's Sharks 18 points, BDDP 15 points, Soldiers 10 points, Odd Ones Out 9 points, Were Here 3 points, Him'N'Hers 3 points.

Golf news

Sunday saw the playing of the Wellington Mowers and Chainsaws Par 3 Championships played over 27 holes and for the 18th consecutive year, with many thanks to Alison and Rod Irwin for there support this year and the past years as well.

A grade saw Kurt Cusack leave the field behind him recording an 85 off the stick, just four over par and the runner up was Garth Watts with a 90 off the stick with Matt Redfern claiming the handicap win with 85 nett.

B grade saw the McCarroll brothers fight it out for the title with Steven claiming a one shot win, 92 off the stick, Gary finished with 93 off the stick and handicap winner was Rod McMahon with 81 nett.

C grade saw Geoff Walker clean up the hackers with a 98 off the stick with David Wilson claiming runner up with 102 and Tony Cowan taking the handicap out with a 78 nett.

Ron Stubberfield Terrific Tee Shots went to Steven McCarroll on the fourth, Doug Ney on the seventh, Garth Watts on the 12th, Matt Redfern on the 15th.

Saturday saw 33 golfers hit the fairways  at the Wellington Golf Club with the playing of the August Monthly Medals with the Wellington Soldiers Memorial Club the kind sponsor of the day, also the Neil Hollow putting competition.

All members are reminded that there membership's should be paid by now if not please pay as soon as possible plus shed fees are also now due.

This Saturday see's the playing of a 4Ball Aggregate plus the Semi-Finals of the Cornish Trophy with Paul Hannelly and Gary McCarroll being the kind sponsors of the day.

Sunday see's the playing of the Mixed Foursome Championship played over 27 holes with Cheryl-Norm Royal and Robert Baker kindly sponsoring this event.

A grade Medal winner was Kurt Cusack who just keeps showing the rest of us how easy golf really is, his 70 off the stick was two under par, 67 nett.

Runner up in A grade and also with a good score was Malcolm Payne who finished with a 70nett.

B grade Medal winner was Ray Klein who seems to be getting better with age, his final score was 65nett.

Runner up in B grade was Tony Cowan and didn't everybody here about all those misses that cost him.

Ball competition winners were Ray Klein 65 nett, Kurt Cusack 67 nett, Tony Cowan 68 nett, Scott Dial 69 nett, Peter Payne 69 nett, Malcolm Payne 70 nett, Ron Cowan 71 nett, Gary McMaughton 72 nett, Gary McCarroll 72 nett, David French 72 nett.

Ron Stubblefield Toyota Terrific Tee Shots on the third it went to Garth Watts, on the eight it went to Lewis McCarthy, on the 14th it went to Kurt Cusack, on the 16th it went to Kurt Cusack.

Gersbachs Mechanical nearest the pin in two shots on the 13th hole went to Richard Carpenter.

McDonald's biggest whack in A grade went to Kurt Cusack and in B grade it went to Gary McNaughton.

Brent's NFI award winner last Saturday was David Gillard who seemed to find it a nightmare to hit the golf ball, his final score was 86 nett.

The Neil Hollow putter of the round went Rod McMahon with 25.

Draw for the Semi-Finals of the Cornish Trophy see's Kevin Reid- Garth Watts taking on David French-David King and Rod McMahon-Liam Brien taking on Gary Cusack-Darren Whiteley.

Top five in the Wellington Soldier's Memorial point score after nine rounds see's  John Donnelly 150 points, Kurt Cusack 132 points, Norm Royal 131, Gary Cusack 123 points and Lewis McCarthy 119 points.

Raffle winner was one of the birthday boys John Gersbach and the schooner went to Doug(where's my shed)Ney.

-by David Wilson

Bowling news

Wednesday Bowls

Ten bowlers participated in last Wednesdays Jackpot Bowls. Winners on the day  were Ian Humphries and Frank Gersbach who defeated John Gersbach and Ron Oxenham  30 – 6  (16 points).

Runners up were Graham Cope, Don Graham and Harold Baker who defeated  Mo Clare, Norm Johnston and Ray Gersbach 19 – 12 (15 points).

The Jackpot was not won. Harold Baker won the Raffle. Wednesday competition fees are $12.

Jackpot Bowls are on again today, Names in by 1pm with a 1.30pm start. Phone 6845 1973.

Membership Fees for Bowlers who wish to compete in Championships, Pennants and Represent the Club at President Day Etc. are $85 ( $63 Bowls NSW, $12 Zone 4 and $10 WBC).

Minor Single Championships

Draw for Saturday, August 11 with a 1pm Start

  • Scott Reid versus  Ian Humphries  Marker Jack Charlton
  • John Gersbach  versus  Jason Cornish  -  Marker  Don Graham
  • Peter Baker  versus  Dave Wilson  -  Marker  Garth Watts
  • Ray Gersbach  versus  Ron Oxenham  -  Marker  Bill Meharg
  • Rob Harvey  versus  Frank Gersbach  - Marker  Norm Johnston.

Sunday Mixed Bowls

Fourteen Players participated in last Sunday’s Mixed Bowls.

Winners on the day were Caleb Petroviv and Frank Gersbach.

Raffle Winner – Frank Gersbach.

Mixed Bowls are on again next Sunday with a 1pm start.

Names in between 12noon and 12.45pm. Draw for partners – Mixed Pairs 18 Ends. $10 Green Fees.

-by Donna Bray


Local galloper Little Bertie started a pronounced favourite but still had the L plates on when scoring a remarkable win at Coonamble TAB meeting on Saturday.

When the leader kicked away halfway down the straight the chasing Little Bertie ( $ 1.55 favourite ) looked well beaten but switched to the inside by Tony Cavallo finished hard to beat Stomp ( Ashley Morgan, $6 ) by a half neck with over four lengths to third placed Alpine Royal ( Courtney Van Der Werf, $21 ) in the 1200 metres Coonamble Supa IGA Maiden Plate.

The now five year old Little Bertie had only raced once before, when a fast finishing second to Another McCloud at the recent Dubbo meeting.

The trainer Cec Hodgson and owner and breeder Stella Cleary conceded a lot of patience was required to finally get Little Bertie to the races but the effort looks like being worthwhile as the Coonamble win had plenty of merit.

Stella Cleary bred Little Bertie from Friends Venture which when a yearling filly had been won by Amelia Lundholm and Stella Cleary in a raffle conducted by the Wellington Race Club.

Friends Venture won at Coonamble but after a few more starts broke down and was retired to stud.

Runner-up at recent starts at Dubbo and Warren, the Leo Harland, Gilgandra trained The Iceman blitzed the opposition in the Gray’s Auto and A & HJ Wiatkowski  Maiden Handicap ( 1400 metres ) at Coonamble.

Patiently ridden by Tony Cavallo near the back of the field,The Iceman ( $1.85 favourite ) when given more rein swept around the field and won by six lengths from Femtometre ( Jake Hull,$14 ) and Nothingbutadreamer ( Leanne .G.Henry, $4.40 ).

-by Colin Hodges